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Expert Care for Breathing and Lung Disorders

Monroe Hospital Pulmonary Institute provides a wide variety of diagnostic, preventive and treatment services for diseases that affect breathing and lung function. Our pulmonary doctors (pulmonologists) work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary group of specialists, including cardiologists, interventional radiologists, surgeons and other health care professionals to provide comprehensive care for conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchial Thermoplasty
  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism and hypertension
  • Sleep apnea

For further information or appointments, contact us at 812-825-1111.


Bronchial Thermoplasty

Medication can often control even severe asthma. But, in cases where medication alone isn’t enough, a nondrug treatment called Bronchial Thermoplasty may help.

Monroe Hospital Pulmonary Institute is one of only a few programs in Bloomington, IN to offer this innovative, outpatient procedure. Pulmonologist Dr. Eric Trueblood has the unique expertise in performing this minimally invasive procedure.

How Does Bronchial Thermoplasty Treat Asthma?

Bronchial thermoplasty uses heat to reduce the smooth muscles in the airways that usually tighten and cause constriction during asthma attacks. Reducing airway smooth muscle decreases the frequency of asthma attacks that occur due to the inability of the airways to constrict. 

What are the Benefits of Bronchial Thermoplasty?

  • Fewer asthma attacks.
  • Fewer emergency room visits for respiratory symptoms.
  • Fewer hospitalizations for respiratory symptoms.
  • Fewer days lost from work, school, or other daily activities due to asthma symptoms.

Does Bronchial Thermoplasty Have Risks or Side Effects?

The most common side effect is a temporary worsening of breathing symptoms because of irritation of your airway. Symptoms are like an asthma attack: They can include difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and wheezing. These symptoms can last up to a few days.

Who is a Candidate for Bronchial Thermoplasty?

Bronchial thermoplasty must only be offered to patients with documented asthma. At present, warnings, precautions, and exclusions include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, recurrent respiratory infections, or any other uncontrolled significant respiratory disease.

To learn more about Bronchial Thermoplasty or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Trueblood call 812-825-0822.